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Pea, Lentil and Bacon Salad

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pea, lentil and bacon salad

I’m always trying to come up with different sides to enjoy with my meals and more importantly when I’m entertaining.

And when you’re holding a dinner party the last thing you want to do is be stuck in the kitchen the whole time. I mean the whole point of having people over is to be social!  I try to prepare a lot of things in advance and I only do dishes that I’m comfortable with and have already tested before.

For a recent dinner party I made a lamb loin stuffed with pistachios, lemon zest and herbs (recipe coming soon).

I added a crispy potato stack as one side but I wanted to balance this out with some kind of vegetable component.

I was racking my brains out until I saw a packet of unused lentils lying in the pantry cupboard.  A glance in the freezer had me pulling out a packet of frozen peas that were dangerously close to becoming extinct.  A few slices of unused thick cut bacon and a “salad” of sorts was put together.

I’m calling this my “pea, lentil and bacon salad“!.

I must say I was very impressed with my efforts…although one dinner guest did exclaim the ingredients for this salad would make a great soup!  And I agree!

The best part was pre cooking the lentils and the the thick cut bacon.

At the last minute I pre blanched the peas and added them warm to the remaining salad ingredients and “jazzed” it all up with a mustard vinaigrette.

Easy “peas-y’!  😉

Pea, Lentil and Bacon Salad
 
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A salad of peas, lentils and bacon with a mustard vinaigrette
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 400 grams of pre cooked brown lentils
  • 3-4 slices of thick cut bacon cut into small cubes and fried
  • 2 cups of frozen peas-fresh would be even better here
for the dressing:
  • 2 parts olive oil
  • 1 part red wine vinegar
  • 1-1½ tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine the lentils and bacon in a bowl.
  2. Add the just-blanched peas in along with the dressing.
  3. Mix everything thoroughly and serve in the centre of the table immediately.